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Was Charles Lindbergh an Antisemite?

About this Episode

Hi folks, it's Lyn here.

Becoming one of the newest in-laws of the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh family has been one of the most treasured additions of my entire life.

When Erik and I first met, I only knew the basic history of Charles Lindbergh that we all learned in the 70's and 80's. In my elementary school's play I was Amelia Earhart. In this cute childhood play I sat on a panel with Charles Lindbergh, and The Wright Brothers where a "newscaster" interviewed us about our adventures in flight. Or maybe I was the newscaster? My memory is quite faded, I was just a young child that was proud of scoring a special part in the school play. I digress.

Let's go back to when I met Erik.

When I met Erik, I promised myself I would not read up on the Lindbergh history until after I knew Erik well. I wanted to make sure I was getting to know Erik the human, not Lindbergh the legacy. As we approach our 5th wedding anniversary, I can see clearly with 20/20 hindsight that this was one of my smart-cookie decisions.

Before I met Erik, I would never in a million years have guessed that my life's path would become tethered to a prominent piece of American History. Nor did I have any clue that 90+ years after Charles Lindbergh's historic flight from New York to Paris people would daily be nit-picking what figures in history said, or didn't say, and what it meant. And I most certainly hadn't given any thought as to how this would trickle down to the grandchildren and impact them in profound ways.

After dancing in the Lindbergh circle for six years I now have my own opinions about how the general public approaches historical figures and how countries really need to make better use of their history. Heck, maybe I'll write a book!

But before we get there, I want us to first hear from Erik Lindbergh. In this episode Erik address the historical question that keeps coming up over and over again.

Was Erik's grandfather, Charles A. Lindbergh, antisemitic?

Or more crudely, was Charles Lindbergh a Jew hater?

It's a question that is exhaustively addressed in historical documentation, yet when our current Twitterverse and Alternate History (fictional) stories don't care about facts it leaves us feeling like we are watching a theatre of the absurd.

In light of current events we decided that it was time for us to refresh the public on who Charles Lindbergh was, so you can have a correct and balanced answer to these questions.

So please join me in listening to this conversation with Erik where we peel down the first layer of this onion and begin to answer your questions about who his grandfather was.



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